Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Capras Celebrate Gutsy Victory CAPRAS REIGN IN ROUND 1 THRILLER

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Capras Celebrate Gutsy Victory CAPRAS REIGN IN ROUND 1 THRILLER

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Byline: Pam McKay pam.mckay@capnews.com.au

RUGBY LEAGUE: There were jubilant scenes at Browne Park on Saturday night as the CQ Capras opened their 2018 Intrust Super Cup campaign with a spirited victory.

Five-eighth Blake Goodman was the home side hero, piloting a field goal over with just three minutes left on the clock to seal the 15-14 win over Easts Tigers.

It capped a memorable day for the Capras, whose under-20 and under-18 sides also beat the visitors.

Head coach Kim Williams was understandably proud of his side's gutsy performance, but also that of the two young brigades.

"You can't help but be pretty happy with that," he said.

"It's the way all three teams went about it.

"Each of the teams was behind at some stage and had to fight back.

"We're building something within this club that's hopefully pretty special."

It was certainly special for the first-graders, who had not tasted victory since Round 12 last year.

Coach Williams had stressed the need for his side to start the game well and his players responded.

Forward Bill Cullen crashed over for the first try of the match in the second minute to set the tone for what was a strong opening stanza for the Capras.

Fullback Zeik Foster, who was one of the team's best, won the race to a perfectly weighted grubber kick from Goodman to extend the lead to 12-nil halfway through the first half.

Easts hit back with a try minutes later to make it 12-4.

They continued to build pressure on the Capras, who held firm, thwarting a number of attacking raids.

The score remained 12-4 at half time but it was Easts who struck early in the second, scoring out wide to make it 12-10.

They wrestled the lead from the Capras at 14-12.

With seven minutes left, classy centre Connor Broadhurst kept his cool to convert a penalty to lock it up at 14-all. …

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